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YA Fantasy Novel Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (The Elemental Trilogy #1)

Egalley thanks to Balzer + Bray

Synopsis from Goodreads
It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

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Sherry Thomas is one of my favourite historical romance authors, so when she wrote a YA fantasy I was very curious but apprehensive to try it. Well, peeps, I needn't to have been worried. This book was AWESOME.

I haven't enjoyed a YA fantasy that much since Graceling and Eon. The characterisation was out of this world. Clever, wonderful characters, complex layers to their feelings, no easy solutions to their problems. Both Titus and Iolanthe were to die for.

“You are asking me to give up everything for a cause that isn't mine. I don't want to be part of any revolution. I just want to live.” 

Titus is a token prince in a magical country conquered by Atlantis. On the surface he is a total prick, spoiled, rude, capricious, superfluous. In reality all this is a very careful smoke screen for the agents of Atlantis while he secretly searches for a mage prophesied to save the kingdom from the conquerors.

When he finds him, the only eventuality he is not prepared for is that he is a she. All is ready for a swift retreat and a clever hideout in Eton boy school in a non-magical England *grinning* and Titus is tearing his hairs out, but Iolanthe surprises the hell out of him by pulling the charade off and assuming the fake identity of Archer Fairfax, a pupil in Eton and Titus's friend.

So, the first delightful surprise is that both characters are wearing these awesome complex masks, they are not who everyone thinks they are. Titus and Iolanthe or shall I say Archer? are cheeky, sharp, clever, stubborn, honest with each other... I could not decide who was my favourite.

The second surprise is that Titus trains Iolanthe with the help of a magical reality book which is like Dungeons and Dragons. It works like a computer game, and a lot of really cool action happens through it.

So this is like Dungeons and Dragons slash Happy Potter slash Twelfth Night and still it's unique and subtle and wonderful. Wholly recommended!

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Ну совершенно прекрасная книга вышла у Шерри Томас! Я люблю эту писательницу по её историческим романам, но её проба пера в подростковом фэнтэзи для меня оказалась большим сюрпризом.

Представьте себе компьютерную игру Донжоны и Драконы, Гарри Поттера и Двенадцатую Ночь всех вместе и получите Горящее Небо.

Самое лучшее здесь это совершенно чудесная пара главных героев - Титус и Иоланта. Титус - наследник престола страны, покорённой Атлантидой. Он ведёт себя как испорченный, злобный, капризный идиот, - но это всего лишь маска для шпионов Атлантиды. На самом деле он втайне ищет мага, который по предсказанию его матери уничтожит властителя Атлантиды.

Когда он его находит, единственное к чему Титус не подготовлен это к тому, что его маг это она а не он. Иоланта - растерянная молодая девушка, и она уверена лишь в одном - никакой войны с властителем Атлантиды она не желает. Она всего лишь хочет выжить.

Пока Иоланта прячется в английской школе для мальчиков - Итоне под тщательно разработанной маской несуществующего Арчера Фэйрфакса, друга Титуса, и тот и другая живут под пристальным надзоров шпионов Атлантиды и вынуждены строго поддерживать их фальшивые фасады, пока Титус подготавливает Иоланту к её миссии с помощью книги магических игр, куда она может погружаться наподобие трёхмерной компьютерной игры и оттачивать свои навыки и знания. 

Ожидайте кучу опасных приключений и тонкие, острые и прекрасные диалоги между ах такими шикарными главными героями. Я даже не могу выбрать кто мне больше всего понравился, Титус или Иоланта, но не полюбить обоих было просто невозможно. Очень рекомендую!


Aurian said...

Awesome review, I will be adding this to my wishlist.

Unknown said...

You did say I should read this one soon. So yeah, definitely taking heed, love. :) This book sounds so awesome!

Blodeuedd said...

I am glad to hear it was good as I have been curious too

Tabitha (Pabkins) said...

Slash this slash that - slash it sounds freaking awesome!!

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

If a book is compared with Harry Potter, I'm hooked ;)

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